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God's Delegated Power

God the Holy Spirit the teacher, the guide, the comforter, and the power of the Saints of God for the God Head on Earth to the Glory of God.

We begin with the Apostle Paul’s benediction to the church at Corinth. 2 Corinthians 13: 11. Finally brethren, farewell, Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 12. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13. All the saints salute you: 14. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

11. 1. Who is the Holy Ghost? 1 John 5: 7 reads - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. Scripture tells us that the Father is God, that the Word is Christ, and that Christ is God, and last, scripture confirms that the Holy Ghost is God. Scripture tells us that it is God the Father who is the author of life, and that it is his will which is to be done on earth, secondly scriptures tell us that it is God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who has been authorized to be the overseer of all of the Father’s efforts related to his counsel to usher in the new heavens and earth wherein will dwell righteousness, and last that it is the God the Holy Ghost who takes the place of Christ on earth for the Godhead. Regarding the Spirit’s relationship with man we have these confirming words - John 16: 13. Howbeit when the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. 15. All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.

The following are things that shed light on the Spirit.

John 4: 24. God is a Spirit.

John 3: 34. God gave his Spirit to Jesus his Son, he did so without measure.

Colossians 2: 9 In Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Galatians 4: 6. God sends the Spirit of his Son into his children.

Ephesians 1: 13, 14. God with the Spirit seals his children for himself.

God’s children having the Spirit of Christ

 are complete in Christ. Colossians 2: 10.

Having his Spirit is having him, this is the mystery

 of the ages, Christ in us, the hope of glory. Colossians 1: 27.

Through the Spirit of Christ the kingdom of God has been opened up to the children of God. Luke 12: 31. But rather seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you. 32. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 17: 20. And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said. The kingdom of God does not come by observation: 21. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or Lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (We must add here, to the Pharisees because of there unbelief the kingdom was not opened up.) Paul writes to the Romans, chapter 14: 17. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

The first two things to be joyful about are these, the Spirit is the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we can cry Abba Father, and the second is, he is the Spirit of Truth. Romans 8: 15 and John 14: 17.

The next two things to be joyful about are these, the Spirit is the seal of God upon us, making us his possession, and the second is that the Spirit will  commune with us. Ephesians 1: 13, 14 and 2 Corinthians 13: 14.

The next two things that we can be thankful for are these, that through the Spirit we have access to our Father in heaven, and that it is Spirit that intercedes on our behalf for the things that the Father wants us to have. Ephesians 2; 18 and Romans 8: 26, 27.

The next  five things are what the Spirit is to the children of God, he is their leader, teacher, guide, comforter, and strength.

Romans 8: 1 - 14. For as many as are led by the Spirit they are the sons of God.

John 14: 26. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 16: 13. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth, for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you thing to come.

John 14: 16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.

Matthew 28: 18. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto to me in heaven and in earth. ( Having Christ in us, we have all the power we will ever need, for we are complete in him.)

2 Timothy 1: 7. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power (the power of the Holy Spirit), and of love; (the love of the Father), and of a sound mind; (the mind of Christ.)

Ephesians 3: 16. Paul prays for the saints, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory; to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love. 18. May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19. And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. 20. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

11.2. The next three things show the involvement of the Spirit in the redemption work on God. They are, the Spirit will reprove the world of sin, and  of righteousness, and of judgment.

John 16: 7. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. 9. Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10. Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me on more; 11. Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

What do these words tell us? In this writing Jesus confirmed to his disciple of how important it was for him to return to his Father in heaven, in the words following, he informed his disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit to convince the people of the world of being 1servants to sin, secondly, to convince them to become 2servants to the righteousness of God, The last words, because 3the prince of this world is judged, are to convince them that Satan the god of this world has been overcome and can be overcome. 1Acts 2: 22, Romans 6: 13. 2Acts 2: 32, Romans 6: 13.   3Luke 10: 18, Colossians 2: 15, Hebrews 2: 14, Acts 26: 18, Romans 6: 14, Ephesians 2: 22.

11. 3. The next is the involvement of the Spirit in the salvation of man, they include the purging, the purification, and the sanctification of a convert. The purpose is expressed in the following scripture passage, Peter 3: 15, Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you:

On being purged: Hebrews 9: 14 reads, How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

On being purified: 1 Peter 1: 22. Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently, 23. being born again, not of corruptible see, but on incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.

On being sanctified: This word means being made holy, it is a process, not a single act. Romans 8: 29 reads, For whom he did fore-know, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren, this is a promise.

2 Corinthians 3: 18 reads, But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord, this is an on going process,

John 17: 17 reads, Sanctify them through your truth, your word is truth, this a procedure.

1 Corinthians 15: 51 reads, Behold I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, 1 John 3: 2 reads, Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is, these are finishing touches.

2 Thessalonians 2; 13 reads, But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God has chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

Romans 8: 13 reads, For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.

11.4. The next is the involvement of the Spirit with the operation and leadership of the church. The Spirit provides its wherewithal.

The Spirit gifts it members - 1 Corinthians 12: 7. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9. To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10. To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11. But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. Romans 12: 6. reads - So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7. Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teaches, on teaching; 8. Or he that exhorts, on exhortation; he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Regarding the leadership of the church,  it is the Holy Ghost who makes overseers to oversee the church of God, Acts 20: 28.

Ephesians 3: 4. reads - And he gave some apostles; and some prophets, and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; 12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. The unity of the faith refers the unity that is with those who walk in the faith of Christ. This does not refer to ones own faith. This is what is termed, one faith, wherein all are of one mind, the mind of Christ. Ephesians 4: 5. Jude writes; verse 3. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto to of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

The Apostle Paul said it best: Galatians 2: 20. I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me, 21. I do not frustrate the grace of God;

Philippians 1: 27. Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that your stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

11. 5. There cannot be unity within the body of Christ outside of the faith of Christ. 2. Timothy 1: 13,  1 Timothy 1: 14,  2 Corinthians 5: 15,  1 Peter 4: 2,   1 Corinthians 1: 10,  Romans 6: 11,  1 Corinthians 6: 19,  Galatians 2: 19.  Acts 2: 36. Ephesians 4: 1 - 13.

11. 6. The Spirit is on the side of man:

He works against the flesh. Galatians 5: 17.

He shows us of things to come. John 16: 13,  1 Timothy 4: 1.

He sheds God’s love through us upon others. Romans 5: 5.

He talks through others to us. Acts 21: 4.

Romans 8: 2. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ has made me free from the law of sin and death. Galatians 6: 22. The fruit of the Spirit for those who are Christ’s is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

11. 7. The commandments of God related to the Holy Ghost: They are, Ephesians 4: 30. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption. 1 Thessalonians 5: 19. Do not quench the Spirit.

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